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An Oasis in the City

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

A semi-detached house, recently renovated with the highest quality materials, located in an exclusive private area used only by the neighbours with 24H security service. The residential complex was awarded with the FAD Prize (Foment de les Arts Decoratives), for its arquitectural design. Our place is in a pedestrian street that keeps you away from the hustle of the city. An exquisite three storey house with a cosy patio by the entrance and a nice terrace upstairs, both great to enjoy and relax at any day time the peace and quietness of the neighbourhood. A pearl in the city.

Ground floor: Patio by the entrance that leads you to the living room; a modern Italian design kitchen open to the living room; and a bathroom.

First floor: Two bedrooms with queen size beds, one with a japanese style wardrobe and flat TV screen; a walk-in closet with a complex daylight system and a stylish bathroom where you can indulge yourself in a multi-jet Hansgrohe Raindance shower.

Second floor: closet with washing machine and dryer and access to the 35m2 solarium where you can enjoy the views of the skyline by the beach and the privacy, peace and quietness of our place sorrounded by fragrant flowers. In sunny days you can lie down on the deck chairs for sunbathing and refreshing in the outdoor shower.

Additional amenities:

- Complimentary bottle of spanish wine, mineral water and seasonal fruit.

- Safe box

- High speed Internet access (WiFi)

- Cable TV

- Daikin air conditioning

- 42' plasma TV (living room), 28' LCD TV (bedroom)

- DVD player

- Dishwasher

- Hairdryer

- High quality cotton towels and linens provided (Naf-Naf)

- Soap, shampoo and conditioner provided.

- Covered garage in the same building (optional).

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish, Catalan
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Lydia

My name is Lydia and I was born in Barcelona. I work as an air traffic controller at Barcelona airport, approach radar controller. I love travelling around the world and I want for my guests to feel like at home despite of being far away from it. I treat people the way I would like to be treated to make them enjoy as much as I can this incredible city where I am from and that I love so much, my dear Barcelona...

I will give you some advice about Highlights, places not to be missed, restaurants and concerts, do ask me as many questions as you might have. It is my pleasure being able to help you.

I am sure you will enjoy your stay with us.

Lydia purchased this house in 1998

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in a rare gem in Barcelona. Off the street in a pedestrian walkway. Quiet, peaceful, safe. This apartment is a dream and a haven of perfection. Lydia is obviously a special genuine true soul who cares and goes beyond anything to help. The design, quality and all the special details obviously reflect and mirror image the wonderfulness of our hosts. Merci mille fois…one thousands thank yous!
Feb 2013
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Sant Marti House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) High quality Aloe Vera mattresses, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Italian design
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(97 traveler reviews)

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An Oasis in the City
average rating of 4.958763 based on 98 reviews

Excellent, Safe and Family Orientated Property.

  • 5 of 5

I had some concerns about taking a young family to Barcelona in the middle of the summer holiday rush, including location, safety and cleanliness and hygiene of the property we were going to be staying in. All these concerns were completely resolved by Lydia.

We were welcomed on our arrival and Lydia took as much time as required to explain about the property and were everything was located and how the Kitchen appliances functioned. She also took some time out to stock the fridge with some essentials such as Milk, Water and bread, as well as some chocolates for the children and fruits.

The property was located in a quiet, car-free estate and less than 2 minutes walk to a bus stop, which provided bus services all around Barcelona including buses to Catalunya Square and Las Ramblas and the Port Area, as well as towards the Diagonal Shopping are in the opposite direction. After a days sight-seeing it was the ideal retreat and truly an oasis as the description suggests. It was only a 5 minute walk from 2 supermarkets and the Centre De La Villa shopping centre and then another 2 minutes form the Nova Icaria beach front. Plenty of restaurants, local shops, pharmacies for your needs and you are only ever a short bus ride from the main tourist areas. The Marina and Bogatell Underground stations are also only around a 5 minute walk.

The property itself was clean, well equipped and had everything you could want for a short stay in Barcelona, all cooking utensils and dishes were provided as well as towels, bed sheets and pillows as well as extra if needed. A Smart TV with Cable was also provided as well as the front small garden and terrace area on the rooftop, which provided ample shade on the hot days.

Lydia was always at the other end of the phone to offer advice and information and never hesitated to help as much as she could in every instance. She made us all feel welcome and gave us all the correct advice.

We would return to this property if we plan to go to Barcelona again and would recommend the property to anyone wishing to spend some time in this beautiful city with their family. I couldn't fault anything and would give this property and Lydia's personal touch 10/10 in all areas.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Superb apartment two subway stops from center of city

  • 5 of 5

We could not have picked a better pied à terre while in Barcelona. Beside a lot a space over three floors, the apartment was super clean, the beds very comfortable and absolutely everything you need in the kitchen. The owner Lydia and her husband were more than generous in providing fruit, wines, chocolates, cookies, milk, in fact fact so much we only had to do a small grocery after we arrived. The apartment is close to the marina, the beach and very good restaurants. The owners were also very kind in patiently answering our questions, even arranging for our transpiration to the airport. Having rented places in many countries, this is in the top three. Simply fabulous. Alain and Marieke from Toronto, Canada

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place exceeded all expectations! The house was amazing, modern and so well equipped. It is close to the beach and a ton of cute shops and restaurants. Lydia is the absolute best host. She stocked the house and even provided a birthday cake for my husband. She couldn't have been more helpful and adorable!! Would recommend this VRBO a hundred times over. Thanks for such a great experience, Lydia!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hosts! Beautifully kept.

  • 5 of 5

Lydia was wonderful host. Our place was stocked with welcome gifts like eggs, ham, fruits, wines, beverages, snacks to name a few items. It was so thoughtful. We were able to rest before we had to shop at a supermarket.

The place was immaculate. We can see she takes pride in owing the home. Unlike other places where we had to buy our own detergents for dishes and clothes, etc. we had everything we needed for our stay.

The neighbors are quiet so we were able to rest after each tiring day visiting all the sites on our list.

The house is walking distance to the beach, bike rental, bus stop and lots of fabulous restaurants... too many to try for our short stay. Her recommendations were right on.

Lydia went above and beyond. On our last day my daughter decided to stay longer in Barcelona for sightseeing, Lydia offered her own place to keep our daughter's luggage before she is ready to move to her next location.

Since neither my husband or I can speak Spanish, Lydia also ordered our taxi for our departure.

Unlike our stay at Madrid, everything here went without a hitch. It was a wonderful, no stress trip.

We love you Lydia. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We would definitely visit again in the future. We will highly recommend your place to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place and most generous lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

Lydia was perfect in every way! She even left champagne and stocked home with a few necessities. She was helpful with local recommendations and transportation info. A lovely place, within walking distance to the beach! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Novato, CA, USA

Clean, modern with all you could need.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great (albeit hot) stay at this wonderful, well located apartment. Lydia was the consumate host and provided a great range of starter groceries which lasted most of our stay! Great restaurant recommendations and things to do.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Olympic village of Barcelona is built on the sea front by the Port Olympic Marina. The two towers with a height of 153.5m dominate the Barcelona skyline, a nice view from our house. There are numerous sculptures along the sea front and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and 'chiringuitos' to enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine.

Another must-see is the Torre de las Aigues (1905); The Fish by the sea, designed by Frank Gehry, a huge copper-coloured steel structure that glimmers in the sunlight; the Plaza de Toros Monumental (1914) with its strongly influenced by Mudéjar and Byzantine architecture facade; the elegant Parc de la Ciutadella (1888) and its Monumental Cascade partially designed by Gaudí; and the Barceloneta, the old fisherman's area where you can feel the Mediterranean atmosphere you would expect to find in a fishing community, are some year round tourist attractions that you will not want to miss. And all of them within walking distance.

The Sagrada Familia by Gaudí (1882) is 1,5 miles, 11 min. by bus (10).

Take the subway (Ciutadella / Vila Olímpica L4) and in a quick ride of two stops you get to The Cathedral (13th-15th centuries), the astonishing Gothic Quarter where you walk back in History to the 10th century; and the Picasso Museum. One more stop and you will be by the well-known Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $117.77
Additional Guest Fee $58.89 per person per night

All our rates are based on a max of 4 guests. There is a charge of 30€ per extra guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.